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Team CMU

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Team CMU was an influential professional Magic: The Gathering team from 1997-2001 known for innovating numerous deck archetypes and strategies and producing many of Magic's future developers, writers and champions.[1][2][3] It included such future famous persons as: Erik Lauer, Andrew Cuneo, Randy Buehler, Mike Turian, Aaron Forsythe, Brian Schneider, Nate Heiss and Gary Wise. The team was formed to prepare for Pro Tour Chicago 1997 and was named after the university where several of its originating members were attending, Carnegie Mellon University.[4]

Decks[edit | edit source]

Lauer-Potence, Pro Tour Chicago 1997


Iron City Beat-Down, Pro Tour Los Angeles 1998

Lands (26)

3 Ancient Tomb

4 Wasteland

19 Forest

Artifacts (4)

4 Cursed Scroll

Instants and Sorceries (8)

4 Elvish Fury

4 Winters Grasp


Turbo Mulch, US Nationals 1998


Horse Craft, World Championships 1998


Counter Phoenix, World Championships 1998

Artifacts (1)

1 Scroll Rack

Creatures (5)

1 Mogg Fanatic

4 Shard Phoenix

Instants and Sorceries (25)

3 Capsize

4 Counterspell

2 Dismiss

4 Forbid

4 Intuition

4 Mana leak

4 Shock


CMU Blue, World Championships 1998

Lands (26)

4 Quicksand

4 Stalking Stones

18 Island

Artifacts (4)

4 Nevinyrral's Disk

Creatures (1)

1 Rainbow Efreet

Sideboard (15)

2 Capsize

1 Grindstone

4 Hydroblast

4 Sea Sprite

4 Wasteland


Turbo Tradewind (aka The Mawcor Deck), Pro Tour Chicago 1998


CMU Academy, Pro Tour Rome 1998



CMU Blue, World Championships 1999

Artifacts (4)

4 Powder Keg

Creatures (3)

3 Masticore

Enchantments (4)

4 Treachery

Instants and Sorceries (21)

4 Counterspell

4 Dismiss

4 Forbid

4 Mana Leak

1 Miscalculation

4 Whispers of the Muse


Squirrel Prison, Grand Prix Memphis 1999


Angry Hermit, US Nationals 2000


Grizzly Rebels, US Nationals 2000

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Heiss, N. (February 6, 2001). The History of Team CMU: Part 1. Retrieved on August 8, 2018 from https://www.wizards.com/sideboard/article.asp?x=sb20010206a
  2. Heiss, N. (February 13, 2001). The History of Team CMU: Part 2. Retrieved on August 8, 2018 from https://www.wizards.com/sideboard/article.asp?x=sb20010213a
  3. Heiss, N. (March 2, 2001). The History of Team CMU: Part 3. Retrieved on August 8, 2018 from https://www.wizards.com/sideboard/article.asp?x=sb20010302e
  4. MTG Breakdown. (November 28, 2017). MTG Breakdown Rewind - Randy Buehler at Pro Tour Chicago 1997 [Video]. Retrieved on August 8, 2018 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km8AMFUetuc